Aboriginal Ranger Program

Expressions of Interest for funding under the second round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program are now closed.

About the program

The State Government developed the Aboriginal Ranger Program to create jobs and training and community development opportunities for Aboriginal people across a range of tenures in regional and remote communities across Western Australia.

The government recognises the social, cultural and environmental benefits of Aboriginal ranger programs and is aware of the excellent work that has already been undertaken by established Aboriginal ranger groups throughout the State. Such programs have provided an integral step towards improved community wellbeing and reducing poverty through economic opportunities and building leadership in remote and regional communities.

Aboriginal Rangers working on a Crocodile fence at the Ord River Nature Reserve
Aboriginal rangers working on a crocodile fence at Ord River Nature Reserve.

Led by the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal organisations with support from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and across government, the program is helping Aboriginal organisations manage country and protect the environment across WA in partnership with the public and private sectors. Funding is available for jobs for Aboriginal rangers, training, and community development.

Aboriginal ranger program  

Since its commencement in 2017-18, the program has continued to train and employ Aboriginal people as rangers to undertake land and sea management activities including:

  • biodiversity monitoring and research
  • traditional knowledge transfer
  • fire management
  • cultural site management
  • feral animal and weed management
  • cultural awareness and immersion experiencesfor visitors
  • guided welcome to country tours and/or talks for visitors
  • management of visitors or tourists and tourism assets education programs and mentoring.


For additional information please contact:
Aboriginal Ranger Program Coordinator
Phone: (08) 9219 9933
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Map showing first round recipients of Aboriginal Ranger Program

Round one recipients

  • Tarlka Matuwa Piarku Aboriginal Corporation
  • Pila Nguru Aboriginal Corporation
  • Goldfields Land and Sea Council
  • Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation
  • South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation
  • Kalyuku Ninti-Puntuku Ngurra Limited (Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa)
  • Yinhawangka Aboriginal Corporation
  • Aboriginal Prospecting Co. (Yandeyarra Pastoral)
  • Yanunijarra Aboriginal Corporation and Karajarri Traditional Lands Association
  • Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd
  • Nyul Nyul and Bardi Jawi Women Rangers
  • Bunuba Dawangarri Aboriginal Corporation